October, 2016

Four marketing mega trends nobody’s talking about

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By Mark Schaefer. This is the time of year people post their prognostications for the next year. The predictions will be … predictable: More video! More Snapchat! More podcasts! Well, OK. It’s pretty easy to make a prediction based on what’s already happening.

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How 3 Top Brands Are Using Long-form Storytelling in their Content Marketing Strategies

ScribbleLive

In the last few years, many marketers have favored short, snackable pieces of content over the longer in-depth counterpart. It was assumed that long-form content (1,200+ words) had no place in a world of tiny phone screens and 140 character limits.

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What is Inbound Marketing? The Idiot’s Guide [Infographic]

Webbiquity

Guest post by Andy Beohar. Over the past decade, inbound marketing has climbed to the top of the marketing latter and claimed its place as (arguably) the most beneficial approach for business campaigns—both online and off.

Singing the Customer Data Platform Blues: Who's to Blame for Disjointed Customer Data?

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m in the midst of collating data from 150 published surveys about marketing technology, a project that is fascinating and stupefying at the same time. A theme related to marketing data seems to be emerging that I didn’t expect, and many marketers won’t necessarily be happy to hear.

The Content Marketing Pyramid

The Ultimate Framework To Develop & Execute Your Content Marketing Strategy

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Expert Interview Series: Andrea Bridges-Smith of PostUp On Data-Driven Email Marketing

Reachforce

Andrea Bridges-Smith is the Product Marketing Manager at PostUp where she oversees the company’s marketing programs. PostUp specializes in email marketing solutions. With so many different marketing techniques available, why are you so passionate about email marketing?

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Three Influencer Marketing Secrets to Drive Traffic

Webbiquity

Guest post by Tim Brown. I recently had the opportunity to speak to a couple classes of high school students, and used my time to dig into what and how they interact on the web and social media.

7 Storytelling Tips for Sales Teams

Type A Communications

October 25, 2016 by Carla Johnson The biggest beef I hear from sales teams or sales-driven organizations is that they can’t get people to pay attention, make decisions or quit. read more. Sales Storytelling Carla Johnson sales storytelling Type A Communications

The 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Making a Product Video (Learned the Hard Way)

ScribbleLive

Some people like to learn by making mistakes. And by “some people” I mean me, and by “like” I mean it just happens. I guess that’s the price you pay when you’re not afraid to try new things.

Best Practices for a Marketing Database Cleanse

A framework comprising of best practices to consider and red flags to avoid.

Infographic: Top 10 Types of Demand Generation Content

The Point

Choosing the right content offer for a demand generation campaign isn’t simply about aligning that content with a particular buying persona. Some content types are best-suited for early stage offers, while others will only appeal to those buyers in the very latter stages of the buying cycle.

Five new content forms rocking the marketing airwaves

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By Mark Schaefer. When I wrote about this idea of Content Shock — the idea that content marketing becomes less sustainable as a strategy as the amount of competitive content increase — I predicted that there would be new innovations in content forms.

Rethinking Market Strategy In A Digital Economy

Tony Zambito

by Delwar Hossain. The primary course of conversation in the past few years for CMO’s and their marketing teams has centered around customer centricity, customer experience, and content marketing. For good reasons too.

12 Lessons I’ve Learned from Writing 1,000 Blog Posts

Webbiquity

In Taekwondo, students are taught they must perform each kick at least 1,000 times before they can safely say they have learned the kick perfectly. I’m not sure I craft “perfect” blog posts even after writing 1,000 of them—but I’ve certainly learned a few things.

The AdRoll Guide to Account-Based Marketing

Personalize your marketing to convert your highest-value accounts.

The 60 Best Marketing Speakers To Rock Your Event

B2B Marketing Insider

When it comes to developing our skills as marketers, content providers and world-class communicators, it helps to learn from the best marketing speakers the world has to offer. Speaking at Marketing Events and Business Conferences is one of the great honors and passions of my career!

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These 6 Marketing Automation Statistics Show Where Marketers Really Are

Modern Marketing

Marketing automation is a core technology that all marketers, especially B2B marketers need to implement to connect with prospects and generate the right leads for their sales team. The time of scattershot marketing, or even broadcast marketing, is long past.

How We Systematically Overvalue Content Consumption

Digital B2B Marketing

Let’s get right to the point. B2B marketers today are not optimizing programs to reach and engage their best prospects. Sure, we talk about a buyer journey or about carefully mapping content. But at the end of the day, what are we doing?

Why we create crap content: We’re afraid

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By Mark Schaefer. An industry “thought leader” recently characterized me as a “loose cannon.” ” I found this surprising since this implies there’s a set of standards and expectations that I am not following in a lockstep fashion.

Effective B2B Marketing Content That Will Lead to Sales Growth

Effective marketing content leads to increased sales productivity, more revenue, greater marketing effectiveness and stronger alignment between marketing and sales.

3 Problems You Need to Solve Before You Buy New Marketing Technology

The Point

We marketers may be many things, but few of us can be described as patient. We want results, and we want them now. And so when martech companies come along promising instant answers to all our marketing challenges, we’re all ears. We all want the quick fix, right? Wish it were that easy.

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Personal Traits Versus Business Skills: Creating the CMO Fit for the Future

Tomorrow People

When today's CMOs started out their first marketing roles, they couldn't possibly have predicted the challenges that they would face when they reached this milestone in their careers. So what does the modern CMO look like?

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The Single Most Important Element for Increasing B2B Lead Gen and Sales

Webbiquity

This post originally appeared on MarketingProfs. A spate of articles recently have expounded on the “consumerization” of all things business: the consumerization of sales, of IT, and of business-to-business (B2B) marketing most prominently.

Why (and How) Your Team Should Personalize the Customer Experience

Act-On

We all have good intentions when it comes to customer experience and treating our customers well, but sometimes there are disconnects. The classic example of this is when you get put on hold by a company. They tell you at the beginning of your wait, “Your call is important to us.”

Stop Killing Your Content: 3 Reasons Your Content Falls Flat

Each year B2B organizations spend more than $5.2 billion on content creation.

3 Mobile Marketing Trends You Can't Afford To Ignore

Modern Marketing

You might want to sit down when reading this next sentence. The majority of your consumers are, or soon will be smartphone owners.

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How to become an influencer (even if you’re a little guy!)

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By Aaron Lee, {grow} Community Member. If you’ve never heard of me, hello there! This is @AskAaronLee. Back in 2009, I started a Twitter account because I saw the potential to have a worldwide presence. And I was right.

What Successful B2B Content Marketers Are Doing Differently [Research]

B2B Marketing Insider

62% of B2B marketers say their organization’s content marketing efforts are much more or somewhat more successful compared to a year ago.

Why Most CMOs Are Getting Their Social Media Strategy Wrong

Tomorrow People

CMOs need to evaluate their processes of building business reputation, enabling growth and establishing brand awareness through social media

Customer Success and Marketing Alignment: The Key to Unlocking Customer Advocacy

Most B2B companies say the customer experience is a priority, but their teams are not prepared or coordinated enough to make this a reality.

Marketing's 2017 Quota starts Today!!!

Sales Engine

Your Sales team will come into the office tomorrow morning and begin the Q4 push. Some reps will be scratching back from a tough summer trying to hit quota while the over-achievers reach for club and accelerators.

The Biggest Contributor to B2B Revenue

B2B Lead Generation Blog

In most B2B companies with complex products or services, marketing-sourced leads rarely account for even half the revenue and often it is much less. To keep valuable field sales resources productive, many of the more innovative sales and marketing departments build “sales development” teams. Oracle.

Customer Experience Simplified

Modern Marketing

I am a firm believer that we humans have a penchant for making (something) more complicated than necessary, a.k.a. overcomplicating everything. And we marketers take it to a whole new level.

Seven Essential Mobile Apps for Marketers

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By Kerry Gorgone, {grow} Contributing Columnist. Back in 2014, I wrote a post on essential mobile apps for marketers. It’s been a while, and since apps change more often than Kim Kardashian’s phone number, I thought it was time for an update. These days I have 144 apps on my phone.

5 Pillars of Marketing Automation Success

Ensure Your B2B Marketing Clients Get the Best Results